Those who disobey the order can face a misdemeanor criminal charge with up to 30 days in jail and/or $100 fine for each day of violation, the governor said.
Addressing questions of why he hadn’t already taken more aggressive stay at home actions, McMaster said, “As we have said before, when the science, data, facts, and experts determine it’s time to take action, it would be taken. It’s time. Taking this measure now will hopefully slow the future rise in infections and the virus’ toll on our state’s economy,” he said.
McMaster said that he has already ordered people to stay at home multiple times.
“This is a stay-at-home order. You call it what you like, but it says,‘stay at home’.”
“This disease is here, it’s in our communities, and we all have a part to play in helping to stop the spread of it,” she said.
According to Gov. McMaster, about half of all state employees are working from home already and he hopes that number moves to 70% at home as the week goes on.
This does not affect people in law-abiding businesses, McMaster said. It also doesn’t affect families who may be on outings.
“This weekend, we saw large crowds gathered on beaches, on sandbars, and in parking lots,” McMaster said. “We are facing a dangerous and deadly enemy and this type of behavior is both irresponsible and selfish. Law enforcement asked for clarification as to how this existing law applies during this state of emergency.”
“It does not apply to private businesses nor to responsible South Carolinians continuing to make the best out of this situation. And as I said, this is not a shelter-in-place order but another measure aimed at containing the virus by controlling crowds, so that we do not have to shelter in place.”